Social media giants say taking action to remove Christchurch shooting content

A still image taken from video circulated on social media taken by a gunman and posted online live as the attack unfolded shows him entering a mosque in Christchurch New Zealand

Motherboard has found out that once a live video has been flagged on Facebook, moderators will have the ability to " ignore it, delete it, check back in on it again in five minutes". "This is a very real tragedy with real victims and we strongly encourage people to not share or view the video". "We will continue working directly with New Zealand Police as their response and investigation continues". In 2017 it said it would hire 3,000 people to review videos and other posts, on top of the 4,500 people Facebook already tasks with identifying criminal and other questionable material for removal.

A member of the AOS (Armed Offenders Squad) stands ready following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, 2019. Facebook said it removed the stream after being alerted to it by New Zealand police.

Facebook's Australia-New Zealand policy director Mia Garlick has confirmed the video has been removed.

YouTube also issued a statement about the matter. "We are adding each video we find to an internal data base which enables us to detect and automatically remove copies of the video when uploaded".

"There's no excuse for the content from that livestream to be still circulating on social media now", said Lucinda Creighton, a former government minister in Ireland and an advisor to the Counter Extremism Project, which campaigns to remove violent internet content.

"We are deeply saddened by the shootings in Christchurch today", Twitter said in a statement to CNN.

Twitter said it had "rigorous processes and a dedicated team in place for managing exigent and emergency situations" such as this.


"Don't give the POS NZ shooter what he wants", Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter.

The seemingly incongruous reference to the Swedish vlogger known for his video game commentaries as well as his racist references was instantly recognizable to many of his 86 million followers. "I fear we all know the answer unfortunately". Magnus Ranstorp of the Swedish National Defense College told the Associated Press that the manifesto published by the New Zealand assailant, Brenton Tarrant, is shorter and "more sloppy" than the Breivik publication-popular on the dark recesses of the internet; claims proliferated Friday that Tarrant was in contact with Breivik devotees.

Ms Gray said Tarrant worked at the gym after he finished school in 2009 until 2011, when he left to go travelling in Asia and Europe, ABC reported. "Something must have changed in him during the years he spent travelling overseas".

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern alluded at a news conference to anti-immigrant sentiment as the possible motive, saying that while many people affected by the shootings may be migrants or refugees, "they have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home".

A sign is seen after Friday's mosque attacks outside a community center near Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch.

Witness Len Peneha said he saw a man dressed in black enter the mosque and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running from the mosque in terror.

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